Blog Tag

September 20, 2007

So a few weeks ago I got tagged by my friend Cory Ann. The concept of blog tag is that you tag a person who then has to post to their blog eight things you might not know about them. I feel really lame because I’ve been so busy that I haven’t played along like I should, and because of that I just got tagged again by my friend Jessica. Oh, the other part of this game of tag is that I now have to tag others who will then entertain us with their crazy little secrets.

So before I get tagged again, here goes:

1. Beer grosses me out. I know ‘m a guy, and guys like beer, but it seriously disgusts me. I even try it every five years or so just to be sure and the feelings have never changed. Give me a good red wine and I’m happy.

2. I was named James after my grandfather. Everyone in the family called me “Jamey”.  One day in preschool (I was 4) I met a new girl in school on the playground and her name was Jamie. From that moment on I insisted that everyone in my family call me James. It took a while, but by the time I was 5 everyone had it right.

3.  I am addicted to “What the Buck”.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s a guy named Michael Buckley who self produces a really dishy and funny celebrity gossip clip every week on You Tube.  I hate to admit it, but sometimes things get slow at a reception, and maybe they’re playing the Casper slide for the second time, I can be found outside watching What the Buck on my iphone.

4.  Many people know that Charleston, SC is my very favorite town.  In fact the only reason I don’t live there is that I like it so much I’m afraid the romance might fade if I stayed too long.  What you don’t know is that my very favorite place to visit in that city is a little bench that sits between two wildly different cemeteries.  One is quite neat and well kept, the other is a jungle with head stones hidden throughout.  The peace and quiet there will shake you.

5.   I absolutely, positively hate to fly.  I’ll do it, and I try not to bitch about it too much, but it’s just a thing I don’t look forward to.  I’ve been lots of places, and I certainly didn’t drive to Italy the last time I went, but it’s not my idea of fun.

6.   Whenever I visit touristy places I always look for those machines that squish pennies.  I think it’s a cool souvenir  because no matter where you go the look is consistent.  I have big dreams of one day putting them all in a shadow box or something equally hokey.  Meridith just rolls her eyes.

7.    My favorite guilty pleasure is Mountain Dew.  That stuff is just not good for you, but it’s so refreshingly citrus that I can fool myself into believing that it could have some vitamin C in there somewhere.

8.   I can still remember what my wife Meridith was wearing the first time I saw her.  It was 21 years ago and we were in the 6th grade.  She has no recollection of the Carolina blue hoodie she had on with jeans, and Keds.  Remember Keds?? Anyway, I remember.

Since I was lame and got tagged twice, I’ll offer two more

9.   I would really like to renew our vows in Vegas, with Elvis, and put a photo in the home town paper.  Meridith’s not having it.

10.  My favorite band of all time is R.E.M.  My favorite song is Wendell Gee

So there you go.  Here are the links to the newly tagged.

Carlos Baez 


Dawn Earles

Tina Wilson 

Christobal Perez 

Tamara Lackey 

Back again for the Weddings Magazine Fashion shoot!  Shot entirely at one of the coolest restaurants in midtown Raleigh, we shot enough gowns to fill twelve full pages.  It’s always a blast working with this group and pushing the boundaries of what most might consider “bridal fashion”.  I’m sure you’re thinking: Okay great, so where are the images??  I can’t blame you for asking, but I also can’t show images until the  next issue drops in December.  Stay tuned.

Here’s the crew from left to right:  Maureen (the producer), Sophie (the stylist), Me (the bald one), Robyn (the publisher), Alicia (one of the two models.  I’m not sure where Jennifer was when we took this, sorry Jen)

Nancy & Will’s *E* Session

September 16, 2007

The setting for this session was the house where Nancy grew up.  Things like the swing and places around the house had special meaning for her and for Will too.  It was fun getting to know more about them and how they have known each other for so long.

Jill & Weston’s *E* Session

September 15, 2007

Another sunny day at Wrightsville Beach. This time parking was a breeze because the kids are back in school. Yay!

Every time I go to the beach the light is so different. This day it was golden and hazy. I don’t see that often but I like it.

Caroline’s Bridal Session

September 13, 2007

Caroline got married last week so I can show you one of my favorites from her bridal session. I didn’t get to shoot her wedding because we were already booked, but we had a great time running around Duke Gardens on a super hot August evening. This photo is the last one of the evening. It was pretty dark outside, but like I tell everyone I bring my own sunshine on a stick.

In a rare behind the scenes glimpse into “the making of the image”, Here’s what it looked like if you happened to be in the parking lot that evening.

What a great day! First, we got the chance to do another wedding with Maria with Maranna Design. The details were perfect, and everything went flawlessly. Secondly Lyn from Fresh Affairs, who by the way is our favorite florist on the planet drove a big refrigerated truck out to Atlantic Beach to make the church and the Dunes Club spectacular. I overheard one of the Dunes Club staff say that it was the most amazing event and decoration that they had seen there ever. Enough with the gossip, on with the photos.

We thought this was cool. It’s a handkerchief that has been passed from friend to friend for each of their weddings. Each time it is embriodered with the names and date.

An example of Lyn’s centerpiece genius.

Oooo, and there was no cake at this wedding. In it’s place was the biggest baddest ice cream sundae ever. Yum!

So Sheldon had a big surprise for Candice. After the ceremony we all went to the beach for photos. At the exact moment we arrived at the beach an airplane pulling a banner flew right over us. This happened right outside of the club and Sheldon had cocktail napkins printed to direct the guests to all come out and share in his surprise.

Not only did Sheldon have a plane with a banner fly over; there were fireworks later! I love fireworks!

How Did You Remember?

September 11, 2007

I think we all remember where we were and what we were doing six years ago.  I was just beginning an all day clothing shoot.  Luckily for the shoot it was all pants and socks that day so no faces.  Our model was visibly shaking as she had just flown out of New York that morning and knew as we listened to the radio that she wouldn’t get home for a few days.

So today I went out and in the middle of my workshop, gave the Red Cross  some of my blood.  I do that from time to time.  Seemed appropriate.  Here’s a link to their site: Red Cross.  You can go there to find out where blood drives are happening in your community.  If you’ve never done it before, it’s not that bad, it really doesn’t hurt.  If you’re freaked out or get heebee jeebees thinking about it, just get over it.  You’ll be old someday and they’ll be constantly sticking you with needles, besides, it can be the difference between life and death for a person in need.

Bobbi & Nate- Raleigh, NC

September 5, 2007

 We’ve been to Prestonwood Country Club several times for receptions, but I’ve never seen it look like this.  Lyn Graves rocked it again (amazing florals seem kinda easy for him).  The couple’s initials projected on the back wall was super cool, and man Bobbi’s dad can dance!

Lisa & David- Greensboro, NC

September 5, 2007

Back to our old stomping grounds of Greensboro.  In fact we were at Grandover Resort which is one of our favorite places for weddings in that area.  It was also the super hottest day ever, so much so that we ended up doing some of the stuff we’d normally do outside indoors, and it takes a lot to ge me to shoot indoors.

The party that followed the ceremony was led by the one and only Anita from Atlanta.  They keep the people moving all night.  It’s a great experience to photograph.

Lisa and David chose to see each other before the ceremony.  This is that moment.  This happens very rarely, so it’s cool to see every now and then.

I was loving all of the texture and detail of the dress.

We’re back in the capitol city for this session, downtown in fact. These two had a good time despite the fact that I walked them all over downtown. Through the nice parts, and the less nice parts. It all gave us wonderful textures to work with. Read below for the low down dish.

This was shot right outside the club where a few days later there was supposedly an “incident” which led to the arrest of Kid Rock’s DJ Uncle Cracker. To read more celebrity dish, go to Meridith’s new favorite web site

Okay, nothing famous or infamous happened at this tire place, but man don’t they look good? It’s kinda fun to comment on each photo, though I know I should just shut up and let people enjoy the images, I just can’t help it.